As the weather changes and we enter into the Fall real estate market in the Greater Vancouver area, attention to detail in staging your property for sale becomes increasingly important. Effective staging gives potential buyers the opportunity to experience the home in a way that makes them feel like they can move right in, and seasonality is a big part of that experience.

 

Follow along for four quick tips to help buyers see your home in its best light in the colder months.

 

Interior

Start Fresh

In any season, a clean, clutter free space provides the perfect backdrop for staging and is the first step in preparing your property for sale at top dollar. Deep clean and declutter surfaces (and get a head start on packing!) by stowing personal photos and collectibles, as well as jewellery and valuables.

Set the Stage

Set up each room as you would like prospective buyers to envision themselves living in it. Make the beds in the bedrooms, adding some texture with throw pillows or blankets to create an air of coziness to juxtapose the chillier conditions outside.  In the kitchen, use a diffuser with a subtle seasonal scent (cinnamon and pumpkin are popular for Fall) and set the dining room table with neutral place settings and a seasonal centrepiece of clipped cotton or sprigs of autumn greens. Give bathrooms the luxury treatment with fresh, fluffy towels, seasonal soaps and warm subtle lighting.

 

 

Exterior

Create an Entrance Experience

Outside, boost curb appeal by cleaning and brightening the entrance to your home – power wash exterior siding and make sure exterior light fixtures are clean and in working order. Add a simple, sisal or rattan welcome mat and create symmetry by flanking the front entrance door with inviting potted winter foliage.  Leave exterior lights on when showings are scheduled to create an inviting atmosphere before buyers enter the home.  

Don’t Forget Outdoor Living Space

In an outdoor living room or covered patio, hang a soft blanket over the back of a chair, add seasonal foliage, an outdoor rug and a heat lamp or outdoor fire bowl. Keep outdoor features adequately lit and ensure that walkways are clean and clear.

 

 

Purchasing a home can be an emotional experience. To give potential buyers that warm welcoming feeling when they enter your home, pay close attention to the small details like lighting, temperature and smell, these things can often be overlooked but go a long way towards creating that emotional connection.

 

Thinking of Selling in the next 3 to 6 months? Contact Michael today for more information on staging and selling your home.

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There are over 100 activities that a listing realtor should do to prepare and market your property once you've signed a listing agreement.

In this first video in my series on Listing Activities, I'll discuss the first three crucial activities that a real estate agent should do when listing your home for sale.

 

If you have any questions about preparing your home for sale, feel free to reach out and connect with me by phone at: 604-910-7777 or by email at: michael@michaeltudorie.com

 

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Surprising Ways Buyers Find Homes

 

Do you ever wonder how most people find the homes they eventually buy? You might imagine them driving by a  “For Sale” sign or seeing a home for sale in the newspaper and then calling to enquire. Of course, many buyers find out about listed properties that way.

 

But according to research by the National Association of Realtors, there are many surprising ways buyers find their home:


  • 88% of buyers use a real estate agent to find their home.

  • 90% of buyers use online resources at some part of their home buying process. In particular, viewing the MLS listing on their agent's website.

  • 69% of buyers use specific search terms in a search engines, such as Google or Bing. An example search term in the Greater Vancouver real estate market would be “West Vancouver homes for sale”.

  • Surprisingly, only 29-46% of buyers will attend an Open House as part of their home buying activities.

 

Overall, the research proves that buyers utilize a multitude of ways — combining online and offline methods — to find their home. 

What tips does this research provide to Home Sellers?

It means that if you’re preparing your home for sale, you need to ensure your agent's marketing plan takes into account all the ways buyers are finding properties — so you can be sure that they will find yours.

 

Looking for a REALTOR® who knows how to market your home for maximum exposure? Call today. 

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Selling your home for more money should be your ultimate goal when you want to move to a new place. It is an important deal, which you should focus your whole attention and effort on. One of the most important aspects of selling your home is securing great first impression from your prospective buyers.

 

Nothing quite sparks the interest more than a great looking home. First impressions are solely based on looks. Ensuring that your home’s exterior looks great is one way to have your buyer interested before they even take a look inside. A lot can be done to get your patio and outside area look great, regardless if you are into gardening and landscaping. Know that a well-maintained garden will not only capture the interest of prospective buyers, but also give you the upper hand in negotiations and potentially get you a better price.

 

 

Here is what you should consider:

 

-        Start with small welcoming elements - has your mailbox been clanking for ages? Is there a visible street number on it or elsewhere? It is such details that are often overlooked but can truly make a difference when present. Don’t forget that buyers can be picky - they may not show their disapproval of evident flaws, but you can definitely tell when they are impressed. And it is by paying attention to the small details that you will impress them for sure.

-        Attractive garden all year round - it is essential to pay attention to your garden maintenance all year round.

 

Every Vancouver real estate professional will tell you that a well-maintained garden and green area will add great value to your home, as long as you keep up with the demands of the work required to care for it.

-        Clear the clutter - a garden full of clutter, regardless of what it includes, is never a good thing. Homebuyers want to see excellent open space that is just waiting for them to implement any ideas. Having clutter prevents that as it hinders their imagination and makes them think of an unkept home. Avoid it by making sure toys, gardening equipment, garbage cans and yard debris are put in their rightful place immediately after using.

-        Work on your walkway areas - some of the areas of specific interest for prospective buyers are the sidewalk, driveway and pathways that lead to your home. Since those are used daily, it is likely that buyers want them in pristine condition. Vancouver luxury real estate experts suggest that you maintain perfect looking entryways. Jet washing and de-icing go a long way in that regard, as it helps keep them in top condition.

-        Exterior paint - having a paint colour that fits the general aesthetics of the neighborhood is important. Don’t go with anything drastic, as most people prefer to have a neutral look on their homes.

 

Go through each of these steps and tasks to ensure that the exterior of your home looks stunning. That will guarantee people’s interest. if you need help and ideas from other professional please contact Michael to tab into his resources.

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Through innovative home staging techniques, you can setup a home to sell quick. Such endeavors enable you to motivate prospective buyers to think that every penny of their invested money is worth it. The following information discusses some of these valuable tips.


Remove Personalized Items

A prospective buyer needs to get the feeling of “being in their home”. Therefore, when showing the home to a buyer, remove items such as photos, decorations, or pictures of children. Remove family photos from all rooms for the moment. Re-paint the walls if necessary with a neutral shade –which is universally appealing.


Ensure Everything is Good Condition

Torn materials, cracked surfaces, and unkempt surroundings may create a negative impression. Put yourself in the shoes of a prospective buyer when viewing the home. After a point of time, you would have gotten used to seeing things. But in the eyes of a person seeing the home the first time, first impressions matter.


Chandeliers

Installing chandelier upgrades the aesthetic value of a home. These lighting fixtures uplift the mood and sentiment in a home. They create a striking impression in the minds of prospective buyers referred by Kitsilano Real Estate agencies. For a few hundred dollars, you can get these beautiful accessories installed. Even if you think otherwise, buy some beautifully crafted low-cost lighting fixtures. Place them at strategic points in the home.


Make Rooms Look Spacious

Remove unwanted sofas and chairs. They occupy real estate and make rooms appear smaller. Instead, choose groups of furniture that serve the purpose without occupying too much space.


A Clean Kitchen Might Seal the Deal

Some home buyers can become finicky about the kitchen as noted by Kitsilano Real Estate agents. They want this part of the home to be spacious, airy, clean, and with a definition of its own. Organize utensils in groups and make the kitchen look clutter-free. For instance, use a vase to hold all spoons. Use a large bowl to place snack plates and so on. Use the cupboards to store small appliances.


Gardens and Driveway

Make the garden free of weeds. Spend a weekend trimming the lawn. Apply colored mulch to protect the soil from erosion. If there isn’t a prominent garden, invest in some outdoor potted plants. Clean the driveway with a pressure washer. Add a coat of sealer if it is a paved driveway. It protects a concrete driveway from externalities especially during the winter when snow is expected.


Accredited Staging Professionals

Try to leverage the services of Kitsilano Real Estate staging professionals. The benefits of hiring a home staging professional are manifold. They usually have their own supplies such as furniture and carpets for example. They even provide valuable insights oriented towards making a sale closer to reality. 

If you would like more information on staging your home please feel free to contact me today.  

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